barber

noun
bar·ber | \ˈbär-bər \

Definition of barber 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: one whose business is cutting and dressing hair, shaving and trimming beards, and performing related services

barber

verb
barbered; barbering\ˈbär-b(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of barber (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to perform the services of a barber for : trim or groom the hair or beard of

intransitive verb

: to perform the services of a barber

Barber

biographical name
Bar·ber | \ˈbär-bər \

Definition of Barber (Entry 3 of 3)

Samuel 1910–1981 American composer

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Examples of barber in a Sentence

Noun

He goes to a barber downtown. went to the barber to get his hair cut and his beard trimmed

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Bond grew up in the Washington area, dropped out of high school and worked as a carpenter and barber. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Target of murder-for-hire plot tries to laugh away bargain-based price tag: ‘Insulting to be sure’," 13 July 2018 By the time Straley arrived in March of 1963, the cruelty had become routinized, and took the form of a long leather barber shop-style strap that was made partly of sheet metal. Carol Marbin Miller, miamiherald, "A victim of vile abuse at Florida reform school, he spent his life fighting for justice," 10 July 2018 Still, George's barber has hinted at a return to OKC. Ben Ladner, SI.com, "2018 NBA Free Agency: Live Blog," 29 June 2018 The town brought in an old-school barber Saturday to cut hair for free. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Facelift for iconic water tower a reminder of what Milan Miracle means," 9 June 2018 In addition to its lines of hair care and styling products, the company operates a nationwide network of cosmetology and barber schools. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "Hair care heir Angus Mitchell expands his ground in Pacific Palisades," 8 May 2018 The barber told a story of two other hunters who had flown into a lake some 25 miles from the nearest road. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Old outdoors magazine brings back memories of Kenai River legend," 11 July 2018 That’s not counting Joseph Jenkins Roberts, the Petersburg barber who became the first elected president of Liberia in 1847. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "By day, he runs for president of South Sudan. By night, he unloads trucks at Lowe’s.," 7 July 2018 Rachael Pacella was covering Induction Day at the Naval Academy, at which the newest crop of mids begin their four-year journey in a barber’s chair, getting their hair closely cropped, military-style. Jean Marbella, baltimoresun.com, "Capital Gazette shooting: How a quiet day in the newsroom was shattered," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Roger Federer, while not infallible, can play when there is barbered grass underfoot. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Wimbledon 2018 Preview Roundtable: Predictions, Dark Horses, More," 29 June 2018 Ethos, Jacobs’ barbering biz featuring a traveling grooming station, was born. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "A mobile barbershop experience that elevates the culture of the gentleman | Elizabeth Wellington," 21 June 2018 Missouri law requires a training course of 1,000 hours for barbering and 1,500 hours for hairdressing, followed by a licensing exam. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "African-style hair braiders lose appeal of Missouri licensing law," 11 Jan. 2018 The center offers auto and collision training in several garage bays, a welding shop, a dental lab, a cosmetology and barbering center, graphic arts and a culinary arts program. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "New Gary Career Center director touts plans to fill empty classrooms," 23 Dec. 2017 But barbering was hard on daddy’s feet, and mother was homesick. WSJ, "Wanda Jackson Helped Put the Growl in Rockabilly," 19 Dec. 2017 There are still all kinds of souvenirs and reminders of the two Italian barbers and their customers: postcards stuck into the mirrors, decades of shavers and other barbering gadgetry. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "A cut and a cappuccino on Garfield Place: Ferrari Barbershop and Coffee Co.," 12 Oct. 2017 Rosa had secured a job at the Stockton Sewing Company doing piecework and Raymond was barbering again. Jeanne Theoharis, The Root, "The Story of Rosa Parks’ Detroit Home Reveals Hard Truths About Her Life in the ‘Northern Promised Land That Wasn’t’," 7 Sep. 2017 HRC could've set up housekeeping in Fond du Lac for four months and it would've been wasted effort if her base voters had their franchise barbered in a dozen ways. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Let's Call 'Cultural Anxiety' What It Is," 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of barber

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for barber

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French barbour, from barbe beard — more at barb

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barber

noun

English Language Learners Definition of barber

: a person whose job is to cut men's hair

barber

noun
bar·ber | \ˈbär-bər \

Kids Definition of barber

: a person whose business is cutting hair and shaving and trimming beards

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